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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for New York on
Q: Diff between proceeding relief and non proceeding relief in surrogate court efile?

I am trying to efile for voluntary administration as executor of my mother's will. Need to select either court action proceeding relief or court action non-proceeding relief

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can my Father pay my Retainer Fees to Represent me in a Guardianship for him? Or is this a Conflict of Interest?
Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on May 24, 2024

It's a matter of "legal capacity." If your father has legal capacity regarding the payment of legal fees, why is a Guardianship needed at all?

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can my Father pay my Retainer Fees to Represent me in a Guardianship for him?
Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on May 24, 2024

Why is a guardian needed at all.

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: How to locate someone's information, like marital status and properties?

Someone in VA, US sued my friend in China, over a family inheritage matter. She tried to collect more information about the plaintiff for her lawyer. But since the plaintiff's family lives here for a long time, she is wondering how she can collect as much public information as possible? I have... View More

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answered on May 22, 2024

To locate someone's information, like marital status and properties, you can start by searching public records available online. Websites such as the county clerk or recorder's office can provide access to marriage records, property records, and other legal documents. These resources can... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: During a family court deposition how can you refuse to answer some or all the questions?

I'm being harassed, and now must sit for a deposition. Assuming some of the questions will most likely be used to find personal information to harass me further... while other questions could be used again me in criminal charges... can I just object to these questions and refuse to answer them?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Annulment in NYS grounds? ideology sovereign citizen extremism

Internet addiction to the research of the strawman stuff;

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 16, 2024

There are very specific grounds for an annulment (DRL 140). (a) Former husband or wife living (spouse is still married to another). (b) Party under age of consent.  (c) Party a mentally retarded person or mentally ill person.  (d) Physical incapacity.  (e) Consent by force, duress... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for New York on
Q: Is there a way to stop someone who unknowingly obtained power of attorney from taking a 94 yr old out of the state?

My 94 yr old Grandmother unknowingly signed a POA. The nursing home is releasing her prematurely,appears to avoid any future issues/attachment. The nursing home were/are the ones present when the form was signed. Only 1 family member was present. She has taken all of my Grandmother's... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: If I marry someone on child support could that backfire on me

My fiancee children are 18, 17, and 16. We have a newborn together and want to get married, He pays child support to the month through the courts. If something happens to him, God forbid, can she collect child support from me?

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 9, 2024

Child support terminates upon the payor's death. You would not be responsible for his support payments.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: Good Afternoon, How can we legally pursue a court-appointed attorney for the Child for damages, in NYS?

On behalf of my daughter, whose court-appointed Attorney has Psychologically and Mentally abused her for a duration of 5 years.

The Attorney for the Child resigned before her own trial, which the judge had set up to remove her from the case.

Thank you in advance for your help; it is much needed.

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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answered on May 9, 2024

There is no answer to this question because the attorney for the child's supervisors have their office in the local appellate division. These offices derive their authority from the appellate division, and attorney for children are the local super-lawyers.

Other states have different...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Hello I’m looking for information on a pro bono lawyer for a divorce
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 12, 2024

This is something that a divorce attorney would know best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Here's a link to a page on this site:

https://www.justia.com/lawyers/divorce/new-york/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services

Some of the resources on that page look like...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on May 1, 2024

You cannot move without court approval or consent from the father. Even thought there is no current order, you make it clear that the father is seeking 50/50 legal custody thus "custody" is an issue. If you were to move, you risk the court ordering you to move back to NY. You should... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: I have my son for a visit but it is outside of our custody agreement and my son refused to get on the plane to return

Home. Stated he wants to live with and has told his father and the father refuses to talk to me. My son is 15 and is going to be 16 in august what should I do I don’t want to get me or my son in any trouble but I can’t force him to get on a plane. I live in Kentucky his father is in New York

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answered on May 12, 2024

We here cannot provide specific legal advice to an anonymous asker. Her question has to do with how to react to a factual situation when an order is the governing outcome producer. The correct answer that is not legal advice is to simply follow the order.

However, as an educational point,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for New York on
Q: I'm wanting to pursue an adult adoption in Buffalo New York but I do not live in the state of New York.

I heard that there were residency requirements for the person doing the adoption.... The person I'm adopting lives in Buffalo.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 19, 2024

An adoption attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you haven't spoken with an attorney by now, one option is to reach out to attorneys, where you could supplement your searches with the "Find a Lawyer" tab above and the referral sections of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: As a removed administrator of my fathers N.Y estate, do I have to pay for the 2nd 1/2 accounting as a heir now.?

My niece is now administrator and refuses to pay for the 2nd1/2of my accounting. Isn't the estate suppose to pay for my accounting since I was removed?

Damien Matthew Bosco
Damien Matthew Bosco
answered on Apr 28, 2024

Hello:

This is Attorney Damien Bosco. My law office is in Forest Hills, Queens County, New York City. My practice covers the New York City metropolitan area and Long Island. In some situations, I also handle matters throughout New York State.

Thank you for asking your question....
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Family Law for New York on
Q: What must be proven to successfully sue a parenting coordinator who is "immune from suit".

The person in question intentionally broke their contract, admitted to breaking HIPAA laws in writing, and refuses to refund a retainer, despite admitting that I am due a reimbursement.

Can this be handled in small claims court?

I am also intending to file a complaint against... View More

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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answered on May 7, 2024

With all the wars going on around the world, our government has circled its wagons against all enemies foreign and domestic. We are its domestic enemies.

The government's staffers both employed and assigned are inside the circled wagons. Each can do whatever he wants and say what he is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is the divorce not finalized and is the permanent custody order not in place?

We went to court to finalize the divorce 3 months ago. My lawyer called me 11/2 months ago and said there was an error in the document and we have to resign. Both parties need to resign. So I did, my exhusband has not yet. I have to get the custody order to register my children in school. I need to... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If there is a temporary order giving you custody, that should be sufficient to register the children in school. There is no final order as there is no divorce. You will need to file a motion to get the case in front of a Judge to get your divorce and final order if your husband will not sign the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: If the noncustodial parent doesn't visit their children in an extended period of time, is this considered abandonment?

I know visits are voluntary, however is it considered abandonment to not participate in parental visits and ignore all communication. Not participate in any decision making? Will this be ground to refile for decision making in the future? How long would I wait to refile for full decision making... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If the noncustodial parent does not abide by the court order of visitation, you can file to modify the visitation schedule. This must be substantial, however. Missing a few visits, especially if there is an valid excuse, might not be considered substantial enough to end visitations. This is very... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: When is child support end In new York state I'm in buffalo ny .

My son is 19 basically working full time and pays his mother rent to live in her house ? Should I really be paying child support?

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

Yes. The cockamamie federal laws regarding child support were taken to the maximum in New York with a 21-year age out, and the burden of proof of the adult child's emancipation is on the non-custodial father. Voting carelessly carries enormous ramifications.

To undo child support with...
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